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New website lets nonprofits rate foundations that fund them

Now the nonprofits that apply for and receive much of that money are offering some anonymous feedback on those foundations through a new online rating tool called GrantAdvisor.org.

Tags: Philanthropy, Grants, Minnesota, California
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High-Profile Philanthropy Contests Take Hold, Raise Concerns

Jon Pratt, executive director of the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits, says the foundation "was looking for the flashiest idea, but there wasn’t any vetting. Did the people proposing the idea have the capabilities to carry it out?

Tags: Minnesota, Philanthropy
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A Taxing Question For St. Paul: How To Get Nonprofits To Pony Up?

Such talk did not go over well with Rinal Ray, an attorney and deputy public policy director for the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits, which is based in St. Paul. Ray wrote an amicus brief in First Baptist Church vs. St.

Tags: Minnesota, PILOTs, Payments in Lieu of Taxes
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Post-Election Donations Up 300 Percent at Planned Parenthood of MN, ND, SD

Jon Pratt, executive director of the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits, said, generally speaking, donations to various groups do tend to spike after big national events, especially tragedies. But this, he said, is different.

Tags: Minnesota, Giving
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Twin Cities nonprofits move forward on livable wage

Higher wages also help nonprofits retain employees and make jobs in the sector affordable for people who find the work rewarding.

Tags: Minnesota, Minimum Wage, Living Wage
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Breaking the Ice: Skis, sails, solutions with nonprofit veteran

Susie Brown traces her interest in public policy to door-knocking she did years ago on behalf of her sister-in-law’s statehouse bid — a sister-in-law (and ex-Minnesotan) known since February 2015 as Oregon Gov. Kate Brown.

Tags: Minnesota
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Nonprofit backs churches in St. Paul street maintenance dispute

In its brief, the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits asserted that municipal fees "are an erosion of the constitutional property tax exemption for institutions of purely public charities, seminaries of learning, churches, colleges, hospitals and...

Tags: Minnesota, Fees
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'Giving Tuesday' struggles to gain recognition in Minnesota

While some Minnesota nonprofits are mentioning Giving Tuesday on their websites and Facebook pages, few are building fundraisers or events around it.

Tags: Minnesota, Fundraising, Giving Tuesday
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5 Reasons Why State Advocacy Rocks

Why is state-level advocacy so effective? For one thing, “because all politics is local,” says Jeff Shaw, director of public policy at the Connecticut Association of Nonprofits.

Tags: State Policy, Connecticut, Minnesota, Advocacy
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Why some big nonprofits are balking at how the Nicollet Mall remake is being paid for

Jon Pratt, the executive director of the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits, said the reason nonprofits are exempt from general taxes is because they provide a public benefit.

Tags: Minnesota, State Tax Issues, Tax Exemption

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